Thailand
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Stray Asia - TOM YUM Guided Travel Pass

Hop on - hop off flexible guided travel pass. Get off the beaten track in Northern Thailand and Laos in a comprehensive trip for those with ten days or more.

Discover the sights, sounds and smells of Bangkok, travel north via amazing Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai, before crossing the border into Laos at Houay Xai for a journey by boat through lush farmland and rugged mountains to the riverside village Ban Pak Nguey.

Experience traditional village life and stay in a remote homestay in Ban Pak Nguey; marvel at the beautiful architecture, temples and many sacred sites in the UNESCO World Heritage town Luang Prabang with access to the spectacular Kuang Si waterfalls nearby.

Travel through mountainous terrain and past breathtaking views to Vang Vieng and go tubing, cycling, kayaking, rock climbing or hot air ballooning; before heading to the country’s capital Vientiane to visit the city’s main sites, dine by the river at a local restaurant or shop at a night market.

Finish in Vientiane and travel by overnight train to Bangkok.

You’ll want to hop off and explore… the truly unique Gibbon Experience by Houay Xai, and the hip university town of Chiang Mai.

 

Pass Highlights:

THAILAND
Ayutthaya: Explore the incredible UNESCO World Heritage temple ruins by bicycle.

Chiang Mai: An adventure seeker’s paradise. Zip-line with Flight of the Gibbon, take a cooking class, trek in the jungle, get a massage, do Muay Thai training, and shop at the weekend night market.

Chiang Rai: Home of the elaborate White Temple.

LAOS
Ban Pak Nguey: Experience village life, attend a Baci (welcoming) ceremony and stay in a remote village homestay on the banks of the Mekong River.

Luang Prabang: UNESCO World Heritage City and the cultural gem of South East Asia. Swim in spectacular Kuang Si Waterfall; bathe with elephants in the Khan River, visit a bear sanctuary, and get hands and learn how to cultivate and harvest rice from a rice farmer.

Vang Vieng: Stunning karst rock formations and plenty of outdoor activities other than tubing. Enjoy the vibrant nightlife or get away from it all in a river view bungalow.

Vientiane: Visit the COPE Centre where you’ll learn about the on-going effects of the Vietnam War.


Start Anywhere!
This pass is a loop, so you are able to begin anywhere along the route (not only Bangkok), and finish where you started. Just let us know upon booking.

NB. Minimum days is 11 when departing Bangkok on a Tuesday.

TOM YUM Pass

Thailand and Laos

 

Start: Bangkok
Finish: Bangkok
Minimum days: 11

To get the most out of your pass we highly recommend you allow extra time to hop off and explore. Your pass is valid for 12 months so take your time and enjoy the journey!

 

Travel Day:              Bangkok to Chiang Mai (Via Ayutthaya)

Sawadee, Sabaidee (hello) and welcome to Stray! Your adventure kicks off in the Asian metropolis of Bangkok, Thailand. From soaring skyscrapers to ancient temples, vibrant markets and high-end malls, Bangkok is a city of many personalities.
You’ll meet your Stray tour leader at the Stray Bangkok Shop at 8:00am, and depart for the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ayutthaya. We arrive here mid-morning allowing you plenty of time to explore the ‘Venice of the East’ by bike or boat. Ayutthaya is the former capital of the Siamese empire and was once a grandiose city, but many of the ancient monuments were ruined when it was attacked by an invading army. Nevertheless, it is still a fascinating historical park. This afternoon we board our overnight train and head for the city of Chiang Mai.

Free inclusions: Overnight train or bus (price included), temple entry in Ayutthaya
Optional Paid Activities: Bike or boat trip around Ayutthaya Temples.

 

Travel Day:              Arrival in Chiang Mai

We arrive into Chiang Mai train station between 8:00 – 11:00am. Chiang Mai is a popular hopping off point for many travellers and an amazing city full of endless activity options – including cooking courses, bike tours or Thai kick boxing. There are over 300 Buddhist temples to explore, you can visit the old walled-city, the Tapae Gate, or pick up a bargain at the famous night market and check out the lively music scene.

Accommodation: Guesthouse located near the historic, old quarter USD $12-20
Optional paid activities: Muay Thai Boxing Stray Adventure, Northern Thai Stray Adventure, Thai cooking course, bike tour, Flight of the Gibbon, Night Safari, trekking, kayaking, mountain biking.

 

Free Day:                  Chiang Mai

Today is free for you to explore this historically rich city or partake in one of the many adventure activities on offer. If you’re looking for a bit of adrenaline we recommend Thailand’s most popular activity, the Flight of the Gibbon. This is an amazing tree-top adventure where you’ll swing like a monkey (or gibbon) and zip, fly, climb and crawl your way through an amazing jungle play-ground on the longest zip-line in Southeast Asia. This evening you can enjoy dinner at one of the many great restaurants or visit Asia’s largest Night Safari, where you’ll see over 400 animals including white tigers, white rhinos, leopards, monkeys and even camels.

Accommodation: Guesthouse located near the historic, old quarter USD $12-20

 

Travel Day:              Chiang Mai to Houay Xai

This morning we depart Chiang Mai at 9:00am to cross the border into Laos.  We’ll make a stop near Chiang Rai, for those who want to hop off and experience mountain trekking or explore remote ethnic villages, and we’ll check out the famous and intriguing White Temple (Wat Rong Khun). Wat Rong is a unique Buddhist Temple that features some curious statues and murals.  The murals include images from Star Wars and The Matrix, you’ll find Freddie Kruger’s head hanging in the trees and a giant Predator emerging from the garden. We stop here to allow time to grab a snack, stretch our legs and take a few photos before we continue on to cross the border into Laos. Once in Laos we take a short tuk-tuk ride to the chilled out town of Houay Xai, our stop for the night.

Accommodation: Guesthouse with views across the Mekong River USD $20
Free Inclusions: White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) visit
Optional paid activities:  Visit an ethnic lantern village near Chiang Rai, access the Gibbon Experience from Houay Xai (must hop off for these activities).

 

Travel Day:              Houay Xai to Ban Pak Nguey (Homestay)

Leaving Houay Xai you’ll board our private slow boat up the Mekong River to the secluded village of Ban Pak Nguey.  Sit back and soak up this incredible journey as you wind your way through lush farmland, thriving jungle and rugged mountain scenery; drifting past water buffalo, locals fishing, and kids splashing in the shallows. We arrive in Ban Pak Nguey in the late afternoon. Here you will get a taste of traditional Lao village life by staying with a family in their home. Experience a Baci (welcoming) ceremony, swim in the river, visit the school and help the kids with an English lesson. Play a game of football with the kids, explore the local temple, go fishing and try the local whiskey. This is a true highlight of any trip to Southeast Asia and exclusive to Stray!

Accommodation: : Village stay includes accommodation in an indigenous family home, traditional Baci Ceremony, dinner, breakfast, local activities and contribution to the village fund/project USD$17

 

Travel Day:              Ban Pak Nguey to Luang Prabang

We wave goodbye to the village and jump back aboard our private boat to head downriver to the famous limestone Pak Ou Caves. Pak Ou is an important pilgrimage site for Lao people, and here you will see thousands of Buddhist images that have been placed throughout the caves over hundreds of years. Jumping back on board our boat a short trip takes us to the UNESCO World Heritage town, Luang Prabang. Luang Prabang has an old world feel that gives you the sense you’ve stepped back in time into a picturesque postcard setting. The fusion of French colonial architecture with traditional Lao design set against a backdrop of misty mountains and lush green jungle makes this a truly majestic place.

Accommodation: Guesthouse with fan or AC private rooms close to night market USD $12-40
Free Inclusions: Pak Ou Caves entrance
Optional paid activities: Kuang Si Waterfall + bear sanctuary, Rice Experience, cycling, trekking, traditional cooking class, kayak the river.

 

Free Day:                  Luang Prabang

Today is free for you to enjoy all this UNESCO World Heritage town has to offer. Luang Prabang is home to the National Palace Museum, Wat Xieng Thong (the oldest monastery in town), and has many ancient Buddhist temples and sacred sites to explore. Many people take a trip to the famous Kuang Si waterfalls, where the bright turquiose spring waters looks like it’s been photo-shopped, or you can get hands on and become an organic rice farmer for the day on the Rice Experience. You can spend the day cycling or trekking to rural villages, take a cooking class, and tonight head to the night market for a hassle-free bargaining experience.   

Accommodation: Guesthouse with fan or AC private rooms close to night market USD $12-40

 

Travel Day:              Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng

It’s an early start as we head south through mountainous terrain, on one of the most scenic journeys you’ll experience on the Laos travel route. Travel past mountain hill-tribe villages, vast green valleys and rolling hills; and we’ll make a special stop at the ‘loo with a view’. Our journey today takes us to the little riverside town Vang Vieng, best known for being the spot where you could take tubing trips down the Nam Song River stopping along the way at riverside bars to indulge in cheap booze. These days you can still go tubing, but now you get to enjoy the beauty of Vang Vieng's landscape without the sound of pounding bass in the background. Upon arrival into Vang Vieng there is plenty of time to go tubing, start partying or kick back and watch re-runs of old TV shows playing at the bars around town!

Accommodation: Family run guesthouse in the centre of the action USD $8-30
Optional Paid Activities: River tubing, cycling, kayaking, rock climbing, caving, hot air ballooning.

 

Travel Day:              Vang Vieng to Vientiane

Today we cruise through to the capital of Laos, stopping at the impressive Tham Jang Cave that was once used as a bunker in the 19th century during a Chinese invasion. On arrival in Vientiane your tour leader will point out the city’s main attractions including Putaxai, Pha That Luang, That Dam, the Presidential Palace, and the COPE centre – a non-profit organisation that educates visitors and raises awareness for victims of UXO (Unexploded Ordinance) and the Secret War. After check-in at our centrally located accommodation, you are free to explore the city, get a massage, go shopping, or people watch at one of the local restaurants by the river.

Accommodation: Hotel with modern facilities including WIFI and breakfast USD $20
Free Inclusions: Tham Jang Cave entrance, highlights of Vientiane
 

 

Travel Day:              Vientiane to Bangkok (Express day)

Today you will be collected from your guesthouse in Vientiane mid-afternoon and be taken by tuk-tuk to Thanaleng Train Station. Here you clear Lao customs; pay your departure fee then board a connecting train which takes you over the friendship bridge to Nong Khai in Thailand. You complete Thai immigration at the train station and have time for a meal or drink across the road before boarding the overnight train to Bangkok.

Free Inclusions: Overnight train (price included)

 

Entry Fees Included:

Thailand

Ayutthaya Temples

Laos

Pak Ou Caves

Tham Jang Cave

 

Itineraries are seasonal and subject to change. For timetables and full terms and conditions please ask us.

 

Tom Yum Departs from Bangkok

All year round: Tuesday and Saturday
8 January - 31 March: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

 

 

Accommodation, food, and optional activities.